Today is a big day in the photography world, because a rather serious competitor to Adobe Photoshop has been launched – Affinity Photo. We have written about Affinity Photo in the past and our readers really enjoyed the teaser and provided a lot of feedback and commentary about this software. Well, it is finally out today and you can already get it from the Mac Store. Sadly, Affinity Photo is currently only available for Mac, but the developers are promising to work on a PC version soon.
Built with professionals in mind, Affinity Photo has a lot of cool features that rival Photoshop. And some of the features are even better and more intuitive to use than in Photoshop. To get an idea about what Affinity Photo can do, take a look at the below video:
Looks very exciting, powerful and lightweight. Affinity promises to be super fast, even with thousands of layers. So just like in Photoshop, you can add text, images and create masks on top of each other and have precise control over the final image:
You can apply a huge range of filters such as lighting, blur, distortion, tilt-shift, shadows, glows and much more – with a real time live preview:
You also have all kinds of brushes to play with:
And you can completely customize the UI to suit your needs:
You have similar blending modes as in Photoshop, so the learning curve should not be too steep. Affinity Photo also works with RAW images, so you can make lots of adjustments and get the best out of your images. There is a dedicated RAW editing workspace for you to make all kinds of tweaks. You can adjust exposure, blackpoint, clarity, vibrance, white balance, shadows, highlights, etc and there are also built-in tools for correcting lens issues, such as vignetting and chromatic aberration:
The software works with all major camera file formats and the developers will be rolling out frequent updates to keep up with new camera releases.
There are all kinds of retouching tools as well and you will find the usual tools for detailed editing like dodge, burn, clone stamp, patch, blemish and red eye correction. Interestingly, the software has frequency separation built-in, so you don’t have to mess with different layers and filters to edit people’s faces. And for those who like “enhancing” things, there is even liquify available:
Portrait photographers will be happy to find the ability to add lighting to images, with the freedom of selecting light source, direction and all kinds of sub-filters and sliders to enhance the effects:
Warping and perspective correction should be cool to use for landscape and architecture photographers:
The software can take advantage of your graphics card and it uses OpenGL to render the screens. It runs on 64-bit architecture and has full support for the latest retina screens. To see the full list of features, check out Affinity Photo’s website.
In short, Affinity Photo really looks promising. Now if these folks can figure it out how to integrate Lightroom’s cataloging and file management features, they can potentially turn this software into an all-in-one solution that might give Adobe a hard time. I really hope a PC version will be coming soon!
Pricing and Availability
At $49.99, Affinity Photo seems like great value when compared to Photoshop. As part of the launch special, there is a 20% discount offer until July 23rd, so you can actually get the software for $39.99. The software is available at the App Store.